Arsenal fans will rise each morning this summer facing the grim prospect of Cesc Fabregas’s departure for Spain and their discomfort will not be eased by a glance at this morning’s papers. Whilst the nagging question of will he won’t he still looms large, today fans may pose a different question: What business is it of Carles Puyol’s?
The Barcelona defender has publically questioned the intelligence of Arsenal in “keeping a player who doesn’t want to be there” and whilst such a notion may hold some truth, it is Arsenal’s business and not his.
Keeping Fabregas at Arsenal actually requires little intelligence having seen the Spaniard score 15 Premier League goals and assist his teammates the same amount of times and despite his heart seemingly being set on a move to Barcelona, even Puyol admits “He is professional enough still to have a great season”.
Puyol’s class as a player himself was laid down for all to see in South Africa as he helped his side secure their first ever World Cup victory but his latest comments will add yet more unnecessary decibels to what Arsene Wenger described as Barcelona’s “noise”.
That “noise” has also come from Puyol’s Barcelona team-mates who have shown a distinct lack of respect for Arsenal Football Club during the long running transfer saga which was exemplified when they forced Fabregas into a Barcelona shirt amid wild World Cup celebrations.
Both Arsenal and Barcelona play beautiful football but it is perhaps with Barcelona’s trophy laden season that they feel themselves to be justified in their manner.
Their certainly seems to be a certain air of arrogance amongst the Barcelona squad and Puyol’s latest comments lend themselves to suggest they feel Arsenal should grant Fabregas’ wish because his “heart is already in Barcelona.”
The defender, capped 90 times for Spain, added “I won’t say he is in a prison, as we know how privileged we are as football players, but after how clear Cesc made it that he wanted to be in Barcelona, I thought they would have granted him that.”
However, it seems with the stance Arsene Wenger has taken, the unremitting talk from both Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and the crop of players who appear so desperate for the club to add the talents of Fabregas to their squad may close more doors than they open.
Barcelona’s pursuit looks to have ended in failure as Arsenal continue to show no inclination to talk to the Catalan giants over letting Fabregas leave and although Barca may return in a year’s time, Arsenal have rightly shown they will not be bullied into selling their captain.